Shweta and Rahul were married for 3 years. Though an arranged marriage, both believed they had indeed found their soul mates. The three years of marriage just flew by amidst splendid moments spent with each other. Both were simply and genuinely happy. They planned for a new member in their lovely lives.
Rahul remembered the day when Shweta called him to say that he was to become a father soon. They had made a long list of names to choose from – both boys’ and girls’. They debated for hours about many aspects of life after the new member graces their lives. Shweta wanted a baby girl. Rahul wanted Shweta to remain happy, always.
He was now waiting outside the theatre for the operation to get over. Doctor had just informed that it will be a caesarian. Rahul worried for Shweta. After many anxious minutes, the doctor broke out the news that there were some complications. The baby was still-born, and was immediately kept on a ventilator. It was a baby girl. Shweta’s desire had come true...almost. There were signs that the baby was responding, but it would be too early to decide on her fate. Someone had to break this news to Shweta. Rahul did. Neither spoke for few dreadful moments. Someone had to. It was the nurse. Doctor was calling Rahul for a small chat.
The baby girl was breathing fine now, though with a support system. But a part of brain cells were shown dead in the tests. Those cells controlled the muscles of the body. Meaning, the body can never do anything that needed any muscle to be utilized. And that included eating and drinking. Never in her entire life!
10 days had passed since the nightmarish day. The support system still kept the baby live. Baby’s name was to be kept Shreya. Doctors had freezed on what they finally thought. Shreya could live without support after few months. But she would never be able do anything on her own. A tube will be used to feed her too. She won’t be able to speak, tongue being a muscle too. She had to be taken care of always. Every living moment.
Doctors wanted Rahul and Shweta to make a decision – should the support system be taken off?
Yes? So that they could take all the future pains of Shreya on themselves. So that they could avoid a day when Shreya perhaps would want to know why they decided to let her live like a piece of furniture?
No? And struggle to give whatever they have to make her life as beautiful as they could. Shreya was their baby end of the day. The baby that they had waited for months. Basically, avoid feeling guilty anytime in the future and let Shreya take her part of the pain?
What would you have decided?